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Clemson Students Researching Concussions

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Clemson Students research concussions. Clemson Students research concussions.
Clemson Students research concussions. Clemson Students research concussions.
Clemson Students research concussions. Clemson Students research concussions.
A student led research project in the Upstate is tackling a national concern, concussions.

Clemson University undergraduate research program "Creative Inquiry" is monitoring the impacts of hitting a dummy on the head with ten pounds of weight. They drop the weight onto the dummy from different heights and record when a concussion happens.

"It doesn't take much at all to see even a minor concussion," says Clemson Graduate Fuad Mefleh who's helping with the research.

A sensor in the dummy's head registers each hit. When it's hit with enough force the level spikes, triggering a concussion. The students have also hit the dummy when it's wearing a helmet.

"When we put on proper protective equipment a concussion is much less likely to occur and we're actually surprised at times that it won't occur even with the largest drop of the bar onto the dummy's head," says Clemson Assisting Professor Dr. David Kwartowitz.

This research is meant to inspire kids, parents, athletes and coaches the importance of wearing the right protective gear. When the project at Clemson is done the dummy and tracking system will be taken to the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville so kids can trigger concussions themselves and learn more about head injuries.

The National Football League, Under Armour and GE have together issued a challenge for new engineering to help protect athletes from brain injury.
    
The group said Wednesday that it would award up to $10 million for new innovation and materials that could protect the brain from traumatic injury, as well as new tools for tracking head impacts in real time.

More information about concussions and symptoms can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention by clicking here.
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